Need a Resume Boost?

Summer is just around the corner. For many students this means internship season… or does it? Though many will begin their summer careers next month, there is also a handful of eager learners who want to gain experience but will not have the job title to do so. I have one advice: do not let it stop you.

If you won’t be interning this summer, why not start your own project?

There are numerous ways to boost your resume through DIY opportunities, but in this article, I will elaborate on creating your own graphic design portfolio.

Why create a portfolio?
So of all things, why did I choose graphic design? Well one thing to note: this article is slightly biased for students interested in technology, design, and marketing. Having a portfolio that showcases your design skills is a unique way to stand out during the recruitment process. Not only does it highlight your creativity, but it also displays your ability to work with different softwares. By showing the skills you’ve taught yourself, you’re able to show your personality through the work you have achieved while establishing your personal brand.

I’ve participated in several career fairs and have seen the eager looks from recruiters when they learn about an applicant’s portfolio. With a portfolio to show recruiters, you show future employers that you’ve taken initiative to prepare, while also validating your credibility as a candidate.

If you’d like to get started on your graphic design portfolio, download any program of choice, or try out Adobe Creative Cloud for free by clicking here. As a Creative Cloud Representative, my goal is to encourage creativity through Adobe products; so if you decide to download the free trial, check out these project tutorials I’ve compiled to start your portfolio!

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Adobe Photoshop:

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After you’ve compiled a portfolio of projects, be sure to save a digital copy and have it handy for your next interview. Placing it either on a physical hard drive or an online portfolio, like Behance, you have now created projects of your own and added new skills on your resume.

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